Murderer in tavern shootings dies at 34 in Walla Walla State Penitentiary

The author of one of the most infamous crimes in Auburn’s recent history has died.

Cleanthony “Baby Ray” Jimerson, 34, who shot and killed two men at close range in a gunfight outside the now-closed Sports Page Tavern in 2013, died Dec. 5 at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, according to The Seattle Times.

According to what prison officials told the paper, Jimerson was unresponsive when prison staff responded to his cell at 10:30 p.m., Dec. 5. According to the paper, staff determined that Jimerson had to be taken to the on-site health-services building for evaluation, but he died before he got there.

The cause of death is pending.

Jimerson was serving a 40-year sentence for two counts of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Jimerson stood above 23-year-old Lorenzo Duncan and 24-year-old Nicholas Lindsay as they lay helpless on the ground during the melee outside the tavern and fired bullets into their heads and bodies. Friends of the two men then shot Jimerson.

Also killed in that early morning shootout was Antuan Greer, 21. But according to Auburn Police, a stray bullet, fired by an unknown person, likely killed him.

According to what witnesses told detectives, the argument that led to the fatal shootings started between two women on the tavern’s dance floor, one of them part of the group that numbered Duncan, Lindsay and Greer.The physical fight began outside in the parking lot, five minutes after closing, when 100 patrons were milling out, and security got busy directing people to their cars.


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